Former ruling People’s Party (PP) says will appoint a new acting Secretary General (SG) replacing Paul Maulidi who is considered to have ‘constructively resigned’ from the party after participating in the recent by-elections.
Maulidi and five other PP members defied the party’s order to pull out of the by-elections on argument that it has lost faith in Malawi Electoral Commission’s (Mec) ability to conduct credible elections.
He later obtained court injunction invalidating the party’s decision but the injunction was later removed by the High Court in Lilongwe a day before the elections.
Nyasa Times has established that Maulidi who has been acting SG is not reporting for duties and has been rebuffing the party’s executive when summoned over his conduct.
He couldn’t however answer his phone when contacted for several days now but he earlier on told Nyasa Times that most of the party’s executive members including vice-president for central province, Uladi Mussa were behind him.
PP’s Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda confirmed in an interview the party would be replacing Maulidi and that the executive would meet soon to endorse the replacement.
“PP has not yet decided on Mr. Maulidi’s fate following his serious misconduct of suing party leadership. But we shall meet soon to have another acting Secretary General replacing Mr. Maulidi after all he was just handpicked to act so that’s no big deal,” said Msonda.
Msonda said Maulidi’s action and conduct were very serious and tantamount to ‘constructive resignation’.
“The party summoned him to appear before the party’s politburo but he refused and opted to go to court and obtained an injunction. One wonders how Mr. Maulidi would work with the very same leadership he sued; it’s not possible,” wondered Msonda.
Prior to May Tripartite Elections PP fired several of its members who defied its directive by participating in the elections as independent candidates. Several top figures including Sidik Mia and Cassim Chilumpha had resigned from the party.